Barber tools are not toys. But even as a child, Dennis Marquez couldn’t resist playing with his father's set of barber tools in the attic, as he told Wellington the Magazine in 2008. This early admiration led Dennis to train at many prestigious hair schools including Vidal Sassoon in London. More than 35 years ago, Dennis and his wife, Kristina, opened the first Pizzazz Hair Design. The venture succeeded: their business has grown to include five separate salons, many of which have gained praise from NBC 5. Each salon’s stylists, armed with Redken and GKhair products, consult with men, women, teens, and children before revamping their manes with cuts, foil highlights, and hair-smoothing treatments. At the adjoining spas in three of the five salons, technicians paint nails with OPI polishes and cleanse skin with botanical-based Pevonia products.
To stay up to date on current hair trends, each salon's beauticians attend continuing-education courses and dissolve fashion magazines older than three months in jars of barbicide. The Pizzazz team also gives back to the community by donating a portion of salon proceeds to the Adopt-A-Family organization.
At Spa Organix, personal attention is more than just a tag line. From the single private treatment room to the aestheticians’ insistence on customizing each of their skin and body services, everything at the spa suggests the exact opposite of a cookie-cutter experience. Among the treatments that best exemplify this philosophy are exfoliating facials, which account for individual skin types before revivifying complexions with Éminence products.
The spa’s massage therapists go to the same lengths as their aesthetician counterparts, devoting their attention to areas below the neckline with a retinue of bodywork treatments. Aside from the flagship facials and massages, the staff offers waxing treatments, NovaLash extensions, and Circadia peels that work to wipe away blemishes and monocle indentations.
The stylists of Changes Hair Studio think that hair is everyone’s best accessory, and they’ve spent nearly 30 years revamping that accessory with fashion-forward styles. Over that time, their team evolved into two divisions: the new talent perfect skills by practicing basic cuts and color retouches at discounted rates, and the advanced design team administers professionally priced cut and color services as well as keratin treatments and hair extensions affixed with brain waves. New and seasoned stylists alike draw from the same lineup of professional salon products, including patented protein formulas from Redken.
The staffers at Sunsets Tanning declare that their mission is to make clients “look good naked.” To do this, they put their Smart Tan certification to use to outline a tan plan based on each client’s skin tone and desired shade of bronze. Then they guide clients into private treatment rooms for airbrush tanning or show them how to hop into tanning beds—like a bunny, preferably. Both the rooms and the beds within them are meticulously cleaned by the spa’s staff. They also change each bed’s bulbs after 200 hours of service so that they always shine as brightly and evenly as the fluorescent scales of justice that hang outside of the Supreme Court.
Hands and feet reign supreme inside Top Nails Techs, where nail specialists tend to appendages with skin-softening treatments and artful flair. During paraffin pedicures, a technician removes calluses with a gel scrub and lotion and massages the feet, then wraps them in hot towels to cleanse them after a moisturizing, waxy dip. Nail-enhancement services coat natural nails in sturdy gel polish or give them a decidedly french air by applying pink-and-white acrylics or slathering each one in foie gras. Aside from nail services, Top Nails Tech also enhances eyes with eyelash extensions and waxes away unwanted hair from both the face and body.
Located just off Clematis Street in lively West Palm Beach, One XI Salon & Beauty Bar fits right in among the neighborhood’s boutiques, nightclubs, and restaurants. The salon’s high-spirited stylists clips to the rhythms of trendy music, putting down their shears every so often to offer their guests complimentary glasses of beer and wine. Owner Cathi oversees the team of stylists she handpicked for their friendly demeanor and wealth of haircare and styling certifications. Before leaving, guests can take home specialty products from L'Oreal Professional and Moroccanoil to help maintain salon-like hair and silky mutton chops at home.